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  • The Kindergarten Teacher

    The Kindergarten Teacher

    ★★★½

    An understated drama that is unsettling and strange at times. Carefully constructed with oblique moments I'm glad that I saw it without knowing anything going in as it kept me guessing and interested as it unfolded in unexpected ways. It's a character study that avoids sensationalism, but overall was interesting and a bit cold.

  • Wien Retour

    Wien Retour

    ★★★½

    Memories of Austria and the socialist movement and the rise of fascism in that country in the 1930s. A blend of an interview and archival footage that builds to an inevitable and chilling conclusion.

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    Visually stunning with a 50s sensibility and pitch perfect performances, direction, and writing that make the film feel like it was made in the 50s. Assured and confident, it creates an immersive world surrounding memorable characters and allows us to spend time with them. Superb filmmaking that shows what is possible with skill and confidence.

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★½

    It Follows take a similar approach to David Robert Mitchell's earlier The Myth of the American Sleepover in creating a film that is generally set in the 80s without ever explicitly stating it and reworking teen drama. With It Follows it is almost like Kubrick directed a teen horror film in the 80s. There are visual echoes of The Shining and the score is a full 80s synth feeling. Overall this forms a neat dissonance with the distinctly controlled framing…